C’Mon Man!

More stimulus is probably on its way in the form of trillions.  No choice, millions of people have no jobs, no income, probably no savings; many can’t put food on the table. Maybe no IRA’s. And small business is at best struggling.   Many organizations are trying to help.

The Dilemma:  As stimulus packages created for a variety of reasons take the form of trillions of dollars, the government is driving the country’s debt toward $30 trillion.  There is nothing coming out of DC, nothing, not a word, not a peep, out of our DC “leadership”, on reducing spending, reducing the size of government, reducing foreign aid and gifts, to cite a few examples, to stop / offset years of fiscal irresponsibility, and, address the spiraling debt.   You never hear a word about the debt.

As of January 17, 2021 7:28 AM


It will undoubtedly be extremely painful to fix it.  And who in their right minds believes that a DC forecast of negative budgets will be offset by a 10 year forecast of increased tax revenues from future economic prosperity,

“C’Mon Man!”

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Getting to the Root Cause

The answer to getting at the root cause of the mess the world witnessed in DC this past week, January 6, 2021, is to amend the constitution, removing the rights under the constitution, of groups found to be discriminatory, white supremacists, militias, and similar. 

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

These groups hide behind the right to assembly, the right of free speech, and other constitutional protections.  When their actions, words, symbols infringe on the rights and freedoms of others and promote hate and discrimination, they should be banned and prosecuted under amended law.  Democracy should not apply in their case.  They are plain simply criminals and should be prosecuted as such.  The country needs to rid itself of this disease!  It is hate and divisive.  

How big an insurrection will it take for Congress to act.  Change the law and create a legal platform to act.

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Family Puppet Show

Want to have some hilarious fun the next time the fam is gathered?

Well then, make some hand puppets!

How: You just need cardboard, wire ties, hot glue and visit the goodwill store and get ya some shirts — use the sleeves for the puppet bodies. Bend a piece of cardboard into a mouth.  Push the wire ties through the top and bottom of the cardboard for hand holds.  Pull a shirt sleeve over the cardboard, hot glue the assembly.  On the puppet, hot glue different eye balls , yarn for hair, sleeve material to add tongues to the puppet.  Eyeballs can be cotton balls, 410 shotgun shells, dog treats, bottle caps, beer caps, plumbing or electrical parts etc.  Limited only by the  imagination.

Make a puppet stage:  put a board like a 1 x 2 over two  high back chairs or stools, cover with a sheet and put a chair behind it for a puppeteer to sit on.

Make some assignments: assigning one family member to talk about another member using his/her puppet. You might see where this could go.  And that is exactly where it went when we did it !

Each family member then is a puppeteer, takes a turn sitting behind the stage, and uses the puppet to talk about another family member.  Hugely, hugely, hugely hilarious !!!  It is a guaranteed side-splitting comedy that changes with every puppeteer !

You are welcome !!!!

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The Seven Wonders

A friend of mine shared this with me.

A teacher in an elementary school asked her class to identify the Seven Wonders of the World from a list provided to them… most did well, the majority voting that the list would include the Pyramids, the Great Wall, the Empire State Building, the Panama Canal, Taj Mahal, St, Peter’s Basilica, and the Grand Canyon.

She noticed one quiet girl who did not submit her vote so she asked if she needed help. The girl said she could not make up her mind as there were so many choices. The teacher said, “Well tell us what you have and maybe we can help. What do you think should be on the list.”

The girl hesitated a little then said, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

To Touch. To See, To Hear, To Taste, To Smell, To Feel, To Laugh, To Love.

Source: https://www.ntd.com/about.html

Maybe the eighth Wonder is in an elementary school.

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Another way of looking at “artificial intelligence”

Know these people?

Thinks he’s an expert, acts like an expert, talks incessantly, learns little.

Expresses opinions confidently without research and knowledge.

Thinks he knows, talks like he knows, but doesn’t.

Visibly poor listening skills.

Ego is the driver, underwritten by ignorance,

Failing to absorb,retain, and leverage the knowledge and skills of others, but speaking like he has.

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Log Entry No. 87: Really Nice Dad!

Cooter purchased an older house. There were a long list of projects, mostly repairs and some improvements, which included doors, windows, deck, finish basement, and on and on.

There were only two cable TV outlets in the walls, living room and family room. As the months went wore on Cooter’s kids, Soot and Creek asked for TV’s in their rooms. Cooter, anticipating this was going to be a done deal, purchased the necessary cable, wall outlets, and plates to install the cable outlets in their rooms. To do so, he had to drop and pull cable lines through the attic and down the inside the walls of bedrooms.

He started the install on Saturday. Cooter pulled down the ceiling steps on the second floor hallway ceiling and climbed up into the attic with a collection of hand and power tools to begin the cable job. Accessing the walls studs from the attic went fairly well in most rooms, except for one. There is always one! To access the wall studs in the “one” he had to crawl into the attic area on all fours as the pitch of the roof narrowed to meet the attic flooring. With some difficulty and time he was successful in locating the wall joists, drilling the holes and dropping the cable line.

In the meantime, unbeknownst to Cooter, his 5 year old Soot, had climbed up the attic drop-down stairs and quietly situated himself on a storage box to the watch his dad work. Cooter finished the last room, was crawling backwards out of the narrow work space and in the process of raising his head ran a protruding roofing nail into his skull. Cooter in excruciating pain, called on his full vocab, loudly expressing how pissed he was for not remembering roofing nails protrude through the roofing plywood.

Soot, sitting on the storage box adjacent to his dad, could clearly hear the extended, continuing string of foul language. It was Cooter’s best effort. It included body parts, lewd acts, and religious references. Soot in response, loudly called out, “Really nice language, Dad!”

There is no moral to this entry. If the kids don’t learn it from the old man, the kids are fully language capable, thanks to their peers, by the time they reach first grade. In the case of Cooter’s kids, they learned it on the school bus.

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Trump’s Trade war with China … just more Stupidity!

(an operating note to our new president)

Trump’s Trade war with China … just more stupidity!

A policy of nationalism is just plain inept business thinking and leadership.  It is a global world and global economy. It’s highly unlikely that any nation can grow and prosper on its own, internally.  China is the world’s second largest economy.  We should be working toward partnership not punishment. Why would the country want to alienate the second largest economy in the world? Sure China has some big issues  … human rights, technology and intellectual property infringement to mention some.  But the USA can’t cast any stones, we have got our own messes.  Punish China, to the extent the US can, the US punishes itself.  Better to “partner up” for shared economic advantages and work on the other issues separately, leveraging a good relationship.

Read about the damage from Trump’s trade war with China:  From the Brookings Institution

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Team Building – a different way.

How do you know that your team building event will be successful?  Why are they successful?

  • The experience will be unforgettable. It will be an event, fancy isn’t necessary
  • It will be the subject of stories told by those who were there, for years
  • It will mold, bind, and forge team member relationships
  • It will be different from all those other “team building” exercises offered commercially, externally. It will put the team in situations that most of them are unfamiliar with or have not experienced for some time
  • So much fun, memorable.
  • Over time, it will build anticipation and expectations for the following year.
  • You are receiving emails months in advance from members searching for advanced information.
  • When you are receiving emails from high potential professionals, who have yet to reach a position level to be included in the meeting, wanting to know how they can participate (Responses need to handled carefully).

The keys: Team building is homemade, creative, and unique. Retaining a professional meeting planner can be helpful for ideas and support.  There is great detail, the greater the detail the better. The meeting is a mix of business meetings, outside guest speakers, and the team building exercise.  The team building exercise portion of the meeting needs to be designed so all participants, regardless of age and physical condition can fully engage. A dedicated, agreed upon budget needs to be an integral part of the annual financial plan if leadership is serious about team building.

The value: Team building gives participants a non-business basis experience upon which to build working relationships.  Why would that be important? Most stress in the business and working world is caused by managing day-to-day issues.  Non-issue experiences provided by great team building experiences can help.

Usually annually: Dates are communicated months in advance which accomplishes a couple of things. (1) It clears calendars, and (2) begins to build expectations and conversation about the meeting. Expectations can be high if previous team building experiences have been successful. And, it commits the business to the event.

A new or different experience for most: The usual consulting firm based team building sessions are OK, but they are not unusual, unforgettable, and are not long-term bonding and conversational “pieces”.  And usually they are not memorable and laughter-filled experiences that last long into the future.  Team building has to be “an experience” to be successful!

New member inductions: the first evening is ideal, after dinner. These indoctrinate / welcome participants new to the team. These, as one might imagine, are met with great anticipation by new members and are absolutely loved by existing team members.

Your top leadership team is important: Its support is paramount to successful, dynamic team building.  I was lucky enough to create and build team building experiences over a period of 10 years as I had bosses that supported them, so much so, that they asked for the sessions each year.  We actually developed a reputation for these events in the corporation. True we had substantial budgets, depending on the unit. In some units leadership team members / participants hailed from as many as 13 different countries.  But the same experiences can be designed and built for the smallest team and do not need to be exorbitantly expensive.  Creative and unique do not necessarily come with big price tags.

Team members referenced in this posting include: The boss and key operating and support leadership positions. 

What were the EVENTS?  They usually consume one afternoon and evening of a two day or three day business meeting.  Some examples: afternoon at the races (we purchased go carts; resold them after the meeting), rafting, boat building, Olympics, over-night canoeing, and others.  New member inductions: vikings, the chief, not your usual hayride, the theater, comedians, and others.

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Hey Mitch…!

CNN: Oct 21  “5 Things” 

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, is not so bullish (on a relief package) and has warned the White House that getting behind a proposal with Dems (Democrat’s)  before the election could badly divide Senate Republicans.”

So there you have it.  Unemployment claims approaching a million, food lines bursting, small businesses struggling, COVID case numbers going straight up… and the leader of the US Senate is worrying about a party divide over package negotiations in the Senate.

Hey Mitch!  How about the people!  Looks like the only person you are representing is yourself !

Washington DC… an absolute &!q#4 hole.

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A very short story…

… and small victories…

The kitchen silverware drawers have separators for knives, forks, spoons, etc., but not for each size of each.  So all forks, notwithstanding the size, go in one section. 

Yesssss !

Recently, he was advised when he offered to put away the eating utensils from the dishwasher, he was no longer permitted to do that as he did not do a good job of stacking them by size.  Yes, he said, he could replace the separators so each size had its own section.  But, he asked, why would he do that?  There are many things he likes to do everyday and that isn’t anywhere near the top of the list!

He says small victories are important!


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